Steelers’ Plaxico Burress has season-ending shoulder surgery
Burress sustained the injury as he dove to catch a pass over defensive backs Da’Mon Cromartie-Smith and Ryan Steed, and landed awkwardly on his right arm during Thursday’s practice. All Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said the very next day is that it was a “significant injury,” that ultimately required surgery.
Heading into the second-season of his second-stint with the team, Burress was battling for a spot behind Steelers’ starting receivers Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders. Burres’ main contenders’ for the third receiver spot were Jerricho Cotchery, David Gilreath, as well as Steelers’ rookies Justin Brown and Markus Wheaton. His absence will make the battle a little easier for the remaining four players on that list.
The 36-year-old Burress played in four games since re-signing with the Steelers last November, recording three catches for 42 yards and a touchdown in 2012. Burress decided to sign back with Steelers – who originally drafted him in 2000- after surprisingly receiving little interest on the market, despite a solid season with the New York Jets in 2011. He signed another one-year veteran’s minimum deal with the Steelers this March, which included a $65,000 signing bonus.
Burress has also played for the New York Giants during his 11 seasons in NFL. He totaled 553 receptions for 8,499 yards and 64 touchdowns, while playing in 148 games with 139 starts for the Steelers, Giants and Jets.
Since Burress went down on Thursday and was expected to undergo season-ending injury, there have been concerns that the rotator cuff injury could very well put an end to his career. But it remains to be seen whether this injury could potentially career-threatening or whether Burress will try to comeback from it next season.